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It was a relief for the Minnesota Golden Gophers to finally finish up coach Tubby Smith's new contract, which he signed back in July. Tubby had a few more years left to play on his then-current contract, but they had been spending the entire off season working to get the new one in place.
Looking at the new contract, there are two performance incentives that Smith looks like he will be able to attain as long as his Gophers can avoid the season collapse that they suffered last season without Trevor Mbakwe -- a $50K bonus for finishing fourth in the Big Ten conference, and a $100K bonus if they can get into the NCAA tournament. TwinCities.com has more info on the contract:
The total value of Smith's remaining contract, which runs through the 2016-17 season, is about $11.5 million. His incentives are generous compared to those of other Big Ten men's basketball coaches.
Those incentives are likely in part to keep Smith hungry for the post-season after the disappointments that marred the 2011/2012 campaign for Minnesota. It certainly wouldn't hurt his odds if their star player Mbakwe was back at full tilt by the time the season began.
On Monday, the University of Minnesota extended the contract of basketball coach Tubby Smith.
The Minnesota Golden Gophers have been rumored to be negotiating a new contract with Tubby Smith for quite awhile, but the process seems to be taking a very long time. It must be closer to completion now, however, because recent reports indicate that the men’s basketball coach will be extended for three seasons.
The new deal was being held up as Minnesota went through the hiring process of its new Athletic Director, but Charley Walters reports that things should be done fairly soon.
Tubby Smith’s long-anticipated University of Minnesota men’s basketball contract extension will be for three years with a relatively small salary increase. But his overall compensation with the new deal will depend primarily on incentive bonuses based on performance.
It sounds like the salary hasn’t been an issue, but rather what the contract buyout is going to cost. Hopefully it doesn't come down to that.
A new contract for Minnesota Golden Gophers head basketball coach Tubby Smith has been in the rumor mill for a good while now, and despite a short bunch of rumors that LSU was looking to swipe him away, the conversation is now back on an extension for Smith.
According to 1500ESPN, Minnesota's new athletic director Norwood Teague appears to be confident that the two sides are very close to agreement on a new contract. Nothing is set in stone, especially since both sides seemed confident on the very same thing two months ago when Teague was first introduced as the new AD, but Teague is saying that negotiations are now 'in the 11th hour' despite the number of times that the negotiations have stalled so far:
"We've been in discussions with his agent (Ricky Lefft) and I know it's pretty far down the road," Teague said. "I think it's in the 11th hour and you'll hear more about it pretty soon, but I need to talk to the legal council before I talk about any specifics."
Smith currently has two years remaining on his contract with the Gophers.
The University of Minnesota and basketball coach Tubby Smith are in the process of ironing our a contract extension, according to the Star Tribune.
Norwood Teague, who took over as athletic director after former AD Joel Maturi stepped down at the end of June, told the Star Tribune that is working to extend Smith's tenure with the Minnesota Golden Gophers. Teague said that they two sides are "making progress," adding:
"I think we're pretty far down the road on that and I've felt good about that, getting him solidified there and completing that process," Teague said. "It's not done yet, but hopefully it's something that will be done very soon."
Smith has two more years on the seven-year contract he signed in 2007. He is slated to make $1.75 million per year.
The Star Tribune posits that Minnesota's run to last season's NIT championship game "boosted Smith's stock among some."
Teague has a good track record with basketball coaches. Coming from VCU, he hired -- and maybe even more impressively, retained -- basketball coach Shaka Smart.
The LSU Tigers have reportedly decided on a new head coach for their basketball team and it isn't current Minnesota Golden Gophers coach Tubby Smith. Rather the team has apparently decided to hire Johnny Jones away from North Texas.
A press conference announcing the decision to hire Jones will be held Monday, according to Jeff Goodman of CBS Sports. Smith was apparently talking to LSU, but is expected to instead return to the Gophers with a contract extension in hand for next season.
One key source told me that Tubby Smith has ended talks with #LSU and is working on a contract extension with Minnesota.— Randy Rosetta (@RandyRosetta) April 13, 2012
Earlier in the day, Gophers athletic director Joel Maturi made it clear he wanted Smith to remain a Gopher in a text to Marcus Fuller of the Pioneer Press.
"There have been rumors every year; not certain which ones are true," Maturi said in a text message to the Pioneer Press on Friday. "I have stated often I hope and expect Tubby to finish his career here."
It can't be long until an extension is announced.
Tubby Smith said not along ago that he planned on receiving an extension from the Minnesota Golden Gophers, but apparently the veteran coach is still exploring his other options. The most well-known option is apparently the vacant head coaching job with the LSU Tigers.
Smith's name has popped up a few times this offseason when other jobs were being discussed, but CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman reports that that LSU has actually talked to LSU about their open position.
LSU spoke to North Texas coach Johnny Jones earlier in the week -- and also has talked to Minnesota coach Tubby Smith, sources told CBSSports.com.
Smith, 60, has spent the past five seasons at Minnesota and has a Top 25 team returning next season. It's unclear his level of interest in heading to Baton Rouge and replacing Trent Johnson, who left for TCU earlier this month.
It'll be interesting to see what happens with this, for sure.
Smith currently has two seasons remaining on a contract that pays him about $1.8 million per year.
According to the Star Tribune,
The timing is noteworthy because the school is in the process of hiring a new athletic director to replace Joel Maturi, who will depart June 30. Contract talks for Smith were put on hold until after the season because of the uncertainty with the athletic director and the fact that Eric Kaler was still new to his job as university president.
Smith came to Minnesota in 2007 and led the Gophers to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2009 and 2010. Minnesota has won at least 20 games each season Smith has been at the helm, save 2010-11, when it went 17-14.
This season Minnesota was 23-15 overall and went just 6-12 in the Big Ten. That 6-12 conference mark is pretty pedestrian, but an asterisk might be in order considering the team lost leading scorer Trevor Mbakwe to a torn ACL just seven games into the season. Before the injury, Mbakwe was averaging 14.0 points, 9.1 rebounds and nearly two blocks.
The team rallied late in the season to make it to the NIT championship game, where it lost to Stanford.
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The Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball coach Tubby Smith told reporters he expects to get a new contract extension, regardless of whether or not the Gophers win the NIT this season, according to Marcus Fuller of The St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Smith said he doesn't have a timetable for meeting with President Eric Kaler after the season to talk about an extension. He said he is aware Kaler wants to hire an athletics director first.
"I still have two years left on my contract," Smith said. "It's not going to affect recruiting or anything else. That's the only thing I'm worried about at this point in time."
The Golden Gophers will likely only lose one player--senior Ralph Sampson III-- from this year's roster, as fifth-year senior Trevor Mbakwe has been granted a sixth season after tearing his right ACL in a game back in November.
Minnesota will play Washington in the NIT semifinals Tuesday at Madison Square Garden. If they defeat the Huskies, the Gophers will advance to the finals to play the winner of UMass and Stanford.
Much has been said about the future of Tubby Smith, and whether he'll be on his way out as the coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers - for whatever reason. There was some early talk of leaving coaching, but now the talk has centered around potentially leaving for another school. The most prominent rumor has been one of Smith returning to Tulsa, where Smith began his NCAA head coaching career.
The Star Tribune recently published a quote from Smith that would seem to put those rumors to rest:
"I'm a candidate for Minnesota," Smith said. "That's it. It's good to hear that sometimes, but it doesn't help with your recruiting and things like that.''
As noted, Smith began his head coaching career there. He led the Golden Hurricane to a 79-43 record between 1991-95 and two Sweet 16 appearances. Smith has also been linked to South Carolina, among others. It's believed that Tulsa wouldn't have the salary to bring Smith in near the amount he's making now - about $1.8 million annually, according to Tulsa World.
Minnesota Golden Gophers head coach Tubby Smith said Monday he plans on returning next season.
The 2012 National Invitational Tournament will tip-off on Tuesday evening when the Minnesota Golden Gophers take on the La Salle Explorers in the first round of the other tournament contributing to March Madness. The Gophers ended the regular season on a sour note, but showed promise in last week's Big Ten Tournament while being led by a team of youngsters.
True freshman Andre Hollins became an overnight star, at least in the local market, while redshirt freshman Elliott Eliason showed the hustle and rebounding that has been missing in the Gophers lineup for most of the season. Both earned accolades from us following their first round upset of the Northwestern Wildcats, but head coach Tubby Smith chimed in with similar praise on Monday afternoon while talking to the Pioneer Press.
"We found a leader in Andre Hollins, a guy who we can put the ball in his hands," Smith said. "I think Elliott Eliason got quality minutes and he look good doing it. Those are young guys - all freshmen - who haven't ... played in (the postseason)."
While it'd be great to see the young guys continue to improve, Smith pointed out the ultimate goal is still putting a winning team on the court every night until this season is over -- meaning their first loss in the 2012 NIT Tournament Bracket.
"I think we're capable of a lot of things next season," Hollins said. "But for now, we have to take it step by step. We're not looking to next season because we have games to play. We want to win, and we want to get better."
The Minnesota Golden Gophers basketball season ended up a lot more disappointing than most had hoped going into the season. While it can't all be blamed on Tubby Smith, some have started to wonder whether the team's head coach should be fired.